We turn down a narrow lane and pedal into the shaded canopy of the apartment buildings. Another concrete jungle, another new mish-mash of faces and impressions, space and energy.
But with the break in traffic we are exposed. Heads turn, eyebrows raise, conversations are interrupted, fingers are pointed, and often a series of chuckles can be heard. Some people look bemused, some people look ecstatic, some people look appalled, but regardless, people look.
â€œYou are crazy!â€â€¦ â€œThis is the best, this is the best, this is the best!â€â€¦ â€œIt must take a certain kind of madnessâ€... â€œCan I take a photo?â€ Yes, it seems that cycling with dogs is a foolproof way of engaging the curiosity of strangers.
Combining paws and pedals
Our unlikely story begins in the dark of an Icelandic winter, where an Australian boy meets a Canadian girl. Two odd socks, far from home, our eyes meet across the steamy kitchen of a Reykjavik hostel.
Six months later we are living together in Belgium, our lives a fluster of excited activity. Jobs are quit, drawers emptied, possessions sold. It's a time of wanderlust and dreaming, and anything is possible. Never mind that we've never changed a flat tyre before, and that I've barely touched a bicycle since I was a child, we're off to experience the world, one pedal at a time.
One small problem. Well, actually one medium sized problem and another big, hairy problem â€“ our two dogs. Dogs? Yes, and not some paperweight Chihuahuas either. Zoa [the Canadian] had rescued two abandoned dogs: Jack, a 40kg husky/retriever/grizzly bear cross, was found emaciated and with his front teeth gnawed down from chewing at his chain. Paco, a mad, wiry 15kg Portuguese podengo, was found running in traffic, scared of the world. ...
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